2017 Researchers

Jack Hartfelder is a 4th year at The University of Tennessee pursuing a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. He is seeking minor(s) in forestry and in International Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is very interested in international research of wildlife especially birds. He has traveled in many places in the world but dreams to study wildlife all over it. Outside of the classroom his hobbies include bird watching, photography and hiking.

Joanna Ennis is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Florida studying Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. During the last several years Joanna has assisted on a Red-cockaded woodpecker project in Florida, Northern Bobwhite Quail study at Tall Timbers in Florida, Adult Cow and Calf Moose survival project and Black Bear field work in Maine. Her hobbies include hiking, diving, fishing, trail running, mountain biking, horseback riding, nature photography and traveling.  Joanna developed her keen interest in wildlife and conservation by spending her childhood in the woods and waterways of the southeastern US. Joanna is very anxious to begin research in the Lowveld savannah of Swaziland. She is very excited about experiencing new and diverse cultures in the African continent.

Carly Fankhauser is a 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of Florida, where she studies wildlife ecology and conservation with a minor in French and francophone studies. Her research interests lie primarily in the areas of behavioral ecology and conservation genetics, and she hopes to go on to graduate school to conduct further research. She is excited for the opportunity to begin her project on tree genetic structure in Swaziland while being immersed in a new cultural landscape.

Ryan Keenan is a senior-year student at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He majors in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. Before working in Swaziland, Ryan spent three months living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains surveying owls. He has also worked internationally in Belize and Thailand, studying recovering mangrove ecosystems and camera-trapping tigers, respectively. In Swaziland, Ryan studied tick community structure along savannah-agriculture edge habitat. He now seeks to complete his undergraduate coursework in Minnesota, before pursuing graduate school and further international endeavors.

Caroline Shearer is a 3rd year undergraduate at the University of Georgia from Fallbrook, California. She studies ecology, with a minor in statistics. Most of her research is conducted within the field of behavioral ecology, and her current research studies the impacts of helminthic infection on the feeding behavior of Grant’s gazelles (Nanger granti). When not in class, Caroline loves to read, hike, camp, and monitor local frog populations through citizen science surveys. Some of her favorite experiences in Swaziland were going for walks in the Mbuluzi Game Reserve, birding at dawn, trying to learn Siswati around camp, and seeing sunrise each morning during fieldwork. Caroline was most grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the unique ecosystems in Swaziland and to conduct experimental studies across different taxa on the effects of increasing landscape heterogeneity.